Palliative care investment a ‘sign of compassion’

Dominic Perrottet (Facebook/Dom Perrottet MP)

Funding for palliative care to give people “dignity and support” as they come to the end of their life is preferable to legalising euthanasia, New South Wales Treasurer Dominic Perrottet has said. Source: Daily Telegraph.

Responding to a renewed push from independent MP Alex Greenwich to legalise euthanasia, Mr Perrottet said the matter will be dealt with by Cabinet when a bill is introduced to the NSW Parliament.

Asked whether he supported legalising assisted dying, Mr Perrottet said the Government should invest in palliative care and ensuring “people as they come to the end of their life … (are) given the dignity and support that they very much deserve”. Mr Perrottet said that would be a “sign of a compassionate society”.

Arts Minister Don Harwin would not answer questions on the issue on Wednesday, but referred to comments he made on Monday that he had always voted against euthanasia “but as I grow older, I get a little less sure”.

Mr Harwin said euthanasia has always been dealt with in Parliament via a conscience vote and it would be “inappropriate” to comment any further until he has seen the bill.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian is facing pressure from rebel backbench MPs to move to quash Mr Greenwich’s impending bill by proposing the Coalition votes down the legislation.

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Government position on assisted dying bill to be considered next year despite backbench push (By James O’Doherty, Daily Telegraph

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